Hatred

You have heard the law that says, ‘Love your neighbour’ and hate your enemy. But I say, love your enemies! Pray for those who persecute you! (Matthew 5:43-4; NLT).

Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing” (Luke 23:34; NIV).

Speak the truth in love, growing in every way more and more like Christ (Ephesians 4:15; NLT).

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The only thing I hate
Is hate itself, Lord,

So I take my example
From your Son,

Who, though he suffered, 
Never hated others,

But spoke the truth in love
To everyone.

Contemplation

Clouds and thick darkness surround him (Psalm 97:2; NIV).

Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him (Psalm 37:7; NIV).

Let my speech settle like dew (Deuteronomy 32:2; NLT).

Stand in silence in the presence of the Sovereign Lord (Zephaniah 1:7; NLT).

Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand (Philippians 4:7; NLT).

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After the darkness, 
Stillness.

After the stillness,
Speech.

After the speech, Lord,
Silence.

After the silence,
Peace.

Darkness

The darkness we avoid
Is full of light, Lord.

The desert we reject
Is full of dew.

The suffering we fear
Is full of peace, Lord.

The wilderness we dread 
Is full of you.

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The Lord, my God, lights up my darkness (Psalm 18:28; NLT).

Your strength will be renewed each day like the morning dew (Psalm 110:3; NLT).

In me you may have peace. You will have suffering in this world (John 16:33; CSB).

The pastures of the wilderness are again green with grass (Joel 2:22; NET).

He left in a boat to a remote are to be alone (Matthew 14:13; NLT).

Surely the Lord is in this place, and I was not aware of it (Genesis 28:16; NIV).

Make us whole

How long must I struggle with anguish in my soul, with sorrow in my heart every day? (Psalm 13:2; NLT).

O Lord, you have examined my heart and know everything about me (Psalm 139:1:NLT).

“Lord,” the man said, “if you are willing, you can heal me” (Matthew 8:2; NLT).

Forgive all my sins (Psalm 25:18; NLT).

The oppressed will be set free (Luke 4:18; NLT).

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Lord Jesus,
I am stunted

(That’s no surprise 
To you),

By all the years  
Of mum’s abuse

(You know that
This is true).

Please heal us both
In flesh and bone,

In mind, and heart,
And soul;

Forgive our sins,
And set us free –

Christ Jesus, 
Make us whole! 

We humbly ask

We humbly ask forgiveness;
We ask for healing, too.

We ask for faith, and hope,
And strength, besides;

So that we may praise you,
Worship and adore you,

And help to spread your love, Lord,
Far and wide.

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Forgive us our sins (Luke 11:4; NLT).

Heal me, O Lord (Psalm 6:2; NLT).

The […] Spirit gives great faith (1 Corinthians 12:9; NLT).

God [is] the source of all hope (Romans 15:13; NLT).

Give your strength to your servant (Psalm 86:16; NLT).

I will praise the Lord at all times (Psalm 34:1; NLT).

Worship the Lord (Psalm 96: 9; NLT).

We adore you (1 Chronicles 29:11; NLT).

Don’t just pretend to love others. Really love them (Romans 12.9; NLT).

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Starting again

Be silent before the Sovereign Lord (Zephaniah 1:7; NIV).

Worship the Lord your God (Luke 4:8; NIV).

Keep on seeking, and you will find (Matthew 7:7; NLT). 

All night long I search for you; in the morning I earnestly seek for God (Isaiah 26:9; NLT).

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Lord,

I start again,
With every breath,

To concentrate 
My heart and mind on you;

Not just in silent prayer 
And times of worship,

But all day long,
And all night, Father, too.

Patient silence

When you pray, don’t babble on as people of other religions do (Matthew 6:7; NLT).

If only you would listen to his voice today! (Psalm 95:7; NLT).

Wait patiently for the Lord (Psalm 27:14; NIV). 

Be silent before the Sovereign Lord (Zephaniah 1:7; NIV).

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Lord,

Forgive us
When we pray

Without listening
For your voice,

And help us
To wait for you

In patient
Silence.